Five new retained firefighters were welcomed in to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service today with a passout parade held at Worthing Fire Station.
Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or duties with being "on call" for the fire service, ready to respond to emergencies when they are needed.
They are vital to the delivery of the county's fire and rescue service and receive regular training to equip them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies.
They also play an important role in community engagement activities.
Our latest recruits are:
Luke Turek, from Littlehampton
Giles Hampton, James Hermon and Steven Robinson, all from Steyning
Darren Hamon, from Shoreham
Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend.
The new firefighters were presented with their certificates by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Kieran Amos, who said: "Retained firefighters make such a valuable contribution to their local communities and our Service couldn't operate without their considerable dedication. We still have a number of vacancies at retained fire stations around the county and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
“Alongside the dedication of our retained crews, and the support of their families, the retained system only works thanks to the backing of local employers. There are many businesses in West Sussex which recognise that allowing their staff to become retained firefighters benefits the community, their staff and themselves.”
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